2021 TBR Year-at-a-Glance

Happier New Year!

Today this blog is nine years old...nine years that I have been intentionally reading and writing about what I have read. 

In the past, I made out a TBR list of hopefuls I desired to read in the coming year; but recently I have been more diligent about the pre-made list because these are unread books that I already own, and I mean to read them ASAP. 

In November, I made a "Year-at-a-Glance" spreadsheet, color coordinated by reading challenges, of the books I want to read and the time it may take to read them. Fanda and Cleo had a good idea, too, of listing the books by month. Since my spreadsheet is too big, I am opting for the list version. 

The books are listed in the month I intend to start them. I may need more than a month to read them, and some I am already assigning several months (to be continued). I left the end of the year light because some of these I think I will be scrambling to complete. 

Overall, I have six more Well-Educated books to read; I am reading eleven Medieval-themed books, twenty-three books from Classics Club III list, and twelve from Back-to-the-Classics. Some of these challenges overlap. All of these books, except one, are owned and unread. I'm not including the titles I expect to read with my kids. 

MED: Medieval-themed 
All books, minus one, are on my Unread Books Project.


Genovese: Roll, Jordan, Roll [TWEM] 

Unknown: the Song of Roland [MED/CCIII] 

Yousafzai: I am Malala [book club] 

Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings [B2Classics/CCIII] 

Grant: The Patriots Handbook

Bailey: The American Spirit 


Genovese: Roll, Jordan, Roll (cont.)

Bedier: The Romance of Tristan and Iseult [MED/CCIII]

Gaskell: Ruth [book club]

Dickens: Nicholas Nickleby [Read-along w/ Fanda/CCIII]

Austen: Sanditon, The Watsons, and Lady Susan [B2Classics/CCIII]



Thuchman: A Distant Mirror [MED/TWEM]

Hardy: The Trumpet Major [B2Classics/CCIII]

Dickens: Nicholas Nickleby (cont.)

Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew [w/ kids/CCIII]


Thuchman: A Distant Mirror (cont.)

Malory: Le Morte d'Arthur (book 1 & 2) [MED/CCIII]

Coffin: The Boys of '76

Austen: The History of England 

Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew (cont.)


Woodward: All the President's Men [TWEM]

Scott: Ivanhoe [MED/CCIII]

Hirsi Ali: Infidel

Coffin: The Boys of '76 (cont.)

Somerset: Of Human Bondage [B2Classics/CCIII]


Woodward: All the President's Men (cont.)

Bulfinch: Bulfinch's Mythology [MED/CCIII]

Hugo: Hunchback of Notre Dame [Nick's Chapter-a-Day/MED/CCIII]

Coffin: The Boys of '76 (cont.)

Hardy: A Pair of Blue Eyes [CCIII]

Kovaciny: Dancing and Donuts


McPherson: Battle Cry of Freedom [TWEM]

Hugo: Hunchback of Notre Dame (cont.)

Twain: Innocent's Abroad [B2Classics/CCIII]

Reagan: The City on the Hill

Hugo: Les Misérables [1000 Books Project/CCIII]

Hardy: A Laodicean


McPherson: Battle Cry of Freedom (cont.)

Hugo: Hunchback of Notre Dame (cont.)

Tennyson: Idylls of the King [MED/CCIII]

Twain: Roughing It [B2Classics/CCIII]

Hugo: Les Misérables (cont.)

Stone: Love is Eternal


Ulrich: A Midwife's Tale [TWEM]

Twain: Prince & the Pauper [MED/B2Classics/CCIII]

Hugo: Les Misérables (cont.)

Morrison: The Bluest Eye [CCIII]


Ulrich: A Midwife's Tale (cont.)

Twain: Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc [MED/CCIII]

 James: Turn of the Screw [B2Classics/CCIII]

Hugo: Les Misérables (cont.)

Sparks: The Notebook


Fukuyama: The End of History [TWEM]

White: Once and Future King [MED/B2Classics/CCIII]

De Laclos: Dangerous Liaisons [Back2Classics/CCIII]

Hugo: Les Misérables (cont.)

Weisberger: The Devil Wears Prada


Fukuyama: The End of History (cont.)

Hugo: Les Misérables (cont.)


So here's to another reading year! 
Are any of these on your TBR?
Have you read any of these and had great success?
Want to join me in any?


  1. Inspiring! I've been playing around with a way to organize my monthly plan for reading, and this has helped me a lot.

    1. Thanks, Deb. It will be interesting to compare what the actual really looks like once we make it to 2022. I'll be shocked if it looks even a little like the projected. :)

  2. You've got some great books in your line-up for the year! I want to read The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Ivanhoe is also on my TBR. And I have been wanting to re-read Les Miserables since October! I read it for the first time in 2019 and blogged my way through it in a read-along format. I loved it so much!

    1. I hear nothing but excellent remarks about Les Mis. I cannot wait to read it, though I am a little intimidated to start it.

  3. Happy Blog Anniversary, Ruth! I love the idea of organising the TBR month by month on the blog - I feel inspired to try something similar. Happy 2021! :)

    1. Thank you, Juliana!

      Have fun organizing your TBR. Even if you are not able to stick to it, it is fun to do a year @ a glance.

      Happier New Year.

  4. What a great idea and I love your spreadsheet!

    Les Miserables is absolutely wonderful! I wish I had the time to read it every year.

    Oh, good heavens, I'd forgotten about Nicholas Nickelby in February. Yikes, it's going to be a busy month.

    Happy blogiversary!

    1. Thanks, Cleo.

      My spreadsheet is not much. I found something way more interactive through Reader Voracious.

      So does that mean you ARE going to join Fanda? She has not indicated how long she expects to read NN, but it's going to take me more than a month. Probably four!

    2. Four months would be good. I'll schedule it. The beginning of this year should give me an idea of my pace for the year. I just MUST be better than last!

  5. Hello! Nice list. I'm trying Nick's read a long. They'll all be re reads except for Hunchback which has been languishing on Mt. TBR for a few years.

    Happy new year!

    1. Hi, Sharon. Wow, you're reading all of his picks? That's great. I tried Quo Vadis some years ago, and that's another one I quit. Couldn't get into it. But, Hunchback is new for me, too.

      Happy New Year!

  6. Ruth, happy blogiversary! :) And what an exciting list!! Quite a few of these are on my TBR... I read too spontaneously to plan far ahead, but if I can finish David Copperfield this month, I might join you and Fanda for Nicholas Nickleby.

    1. Thanks, Marian. That would be great! (Hmm, David Copperfield is another one I've been hiding from.)

  7. Oh my goodness! This is so detailed and well-thought-out! I could never stick to a schedule like this, but I admire you for knowing that you can and taking the time to plot it all out.

    Also, I'm excited to see one of my books on the docket for June :-D

    I'll be interested to see your thoughts on Hunchback of Notre Dame later this year!

    1. The key is to knowing that you have the flexibility to change your plans when necessary - LOL - which I have no problem doing. It's just fun to make a plan. At some point I have to read these books bc they are already on my shelves.

      Yes, I decided to make Dancing and Donuts one of my summer reads. :)

    2. Dancing and Doughnuts is well-suited to summer reading, I think :-) Nothing terribly serious happens, just lots of fun mystery and a little romance.

    3. Sounds like a PERFECT summer read for me. Thanks!!! :)

  8. Very orderly and organized:) I finally did something like this myself. I really liked Ruth...kind of melodramatic, but very good. I wish you great success on your 2021 reading journey!

    1. I've heard good reviews about Ruth, too.